Ice or snow could be coming to our area in the coming days, and it’s important for our community to take precautions. There are a number of precautions you can take to help keep you, your family and your property safe.
Those precautions include:
- For updated weather information, check the National Weather Service or local media.
- For information related to possible power outages, check with your local power company (Portland General Electric or Canby Utility).
- Visit a warming center in Clackamas County when the temperature drops below 33 degrees during the day or night. Call 211 to get information about shelters, transportation and other resources.
- Stay warm inside your home by only using heaters specifically built for indoor use. Do not use outdoor heaters, portable generators, BBQs or your oven to heat the inside of your home because carbon monoxide can kill. Learn how to stay safe.
- Protect your plumbing, both indoors and outdoors, to avoid the risk of bursting water pipes since sub-freezing temperatures are expected.
- Pack an emergency kit with all of the essentials if you plan to drive, but stay home if you can. Follow these tips for driving safely in winter weather.
- Be aware garbage and recycling pickups may be delayed in some areas due to weather conditions. Garbage collection is the priority; please only set out full recycling and yard debris containers.
- Sign up for emergency messaging from Public Alerts at www.clackamas.us/dm so you can receive critical emergency messages.
- Consider making additional winter weather preparations.
As a proactive measure, the Clackamas County road crews will begin 24-hour emergency coverage starting at 4 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21. Four anti-icing trucks will pretreat emergency routes around the clock. Additional resource will be used depending on conditions.
If you’re driving in the Mt. Hood area, do not park along county roads. Roads are narrow and parked vehicles can make it impossible for plows or emergency vehicles to access the roads.
Read more about how county road crews work to improve safety and save resources during the winter months.